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Paseo street signs have been in storage since January, when KCMO's city council decided to change the name to Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. with limited community input.

The Community Voice has been reporting on the upcoming fall elections since July, when the filing deadline passed, through the primaries and now through the General Election on Nov. 5. Here’s the outcome on most of the races we reported on.

Wichita Mayor

This turned into an ugly and contentious race with the Wichita Eagle reporting that incumbent Mayor Jeff Longwell was trying to steer a $524 million contract to design and build a new city water plant to his friends, despite the City’s selection committee recommending another design firm. If that wasn’t enough, just weeks before the election, a video appeared on Facebook suggesting that his opponent Ks. Rep. Brandon Whipple was guilty of sexually harassing interns in the State Capitol.

The video mixed in some facts, but wrongly attributed the actions to Whipple, who’s a Democrat in the Kansas House, when the actions were actually attributable to a Republican in the Senate.

Disappointed by all options, Lyndy Wells, who came in third in the primary, launched a write-in campaign, and made a respectable showing. After his lost, the mayor said, he won’t likely run for election ever again, saying politics is just too dirty.

Jeff Longwell 17,516

Brandon Whipple 22,256

Write-in 8,516

USD 259 Wichita School Board At Large Member

Joseph Shepard made a good showing in this city-wide race but came up short against a well-liked incumbent.

Sheril Logan 17,127

Joseph W. Shepard 15,059

UG Commission District 4

Harold Johnson, incumbent for 4th District keeps his seat on UG Commission.

Jorge Luis Flores 416

Harold Johnson 889

Kansas City, Kansas School Board

In this large field, the top four earned seats on the Board. Two incumbents returned and two didn’t (one didn’t run again and the other resigned due to health issues but it was too late to have her name removed from the ballot, so the board ushered in two new members, one of them a Hispanic male, who joins 5 women, 1 White the rest African American, on the board. We had hoped to see young Gary Bradley-Lopez add some young and diverse flavor to the board, but he came in 7th.

Randy Lopez 3,798

Yolanda Clark 3,347

Valdenia Winn 2,810

Janey Humphries 2,804

KCK Community College Board of Trustees

The incumbents did well including Rosalyn Brown, Ray Daniel and Don Ash, who also serves as Wyandotte County Sheriff. There’s a lot of double-dipping/ multi-office serving going on in KCK. Not earning a spot on the board was retired KCK Fireman Paul Jones and Jamie Johnson.

Rosalyn Brown 7,185

Patricia Brune 6,830

Donald Ash 6,724

Ray Daniels 6,469

Bureau of Public Utilities At Large Position 3

KS Sen. David Haley was trying to become one of KCK’s double dippers, but barely came up short on his bid to earn a seat on the KCK Board of Public Utilities as of Nov. 5. Only down by about 40 votes, he believes he can still win with the counting of the provisional ballots in the next week. Here's how it stands now:

David Haley 5,982

Rose Mulvany Henry 6,026

BPU District 1

Long time board member Bob Milan held on to his seat despite some really tough competition from Rev. LaRon Thompson.

Robert "Bob" Milan 2,091

LaRon Thompson 1,910

USD 501 Member At Large

The USD 501 Topeka School Board had a mass exodus of tenured school board members this year, so all four seats up for consideration did not have an incumbent in the race. Among those leaving were Patrick Woods and Janel Johnson. Keith Tatum was a strong contender for the at-large seat, with just 56 votes separating him from a victory.

C. Richard Bonebrake 3,423

Keith Tatum 3,367

Brent Hall 2,456

MO House Seat District 22

Special elections were held to replace individuals who resigned their positions in the Missouri Legislature. Brandon Ellington resigned his seat after winning a seat on the Kansas City Council.

Tammy Louise Herrera 325

Yolanda Young 2,357

Jeff Francis G 206

MO House Seat – District 36

DaRon McGee resigned his position to accept another job.

Mark A. Sharp 3,018

Roberta (Bob) Voorhees 409

Paseo Name Change

Less than a year after the Kansas City Council voted to rename The Paseo after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., voters voted to change it back.

Yes: 31,274

No: 13,909

Want the MLK-Paseo back story? Check it out here http://www.communityvoiceks.com/news/kansas_city_news/paseo-blvd-name-change-ballot-issue-a-balanced-look/article_b3b9256c-fd90-11e9-bdf0-b3fb30f79a9f.html.

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